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American, Briton, Russian depart from space station

  • A Russian Mi-8 helicopter before flying to the landing area of the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft carrying International Space Station (ISS) crew members, Tim Peake of Britain, Yuri Malenchenko of Russia and Tim Kopra of the U.S., at the airport of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Shamil Zhumatov, pool)

    A Russian Mi-8 helicopter before flying to the landing area of the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft carrying International Space Station (ISS) crew members, Tim Peake of Britain, Yuri Malenchenko of Russia and Tim Kopra of the U.S., at the airport of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, Saturday, June 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Shamil Zhumatov, pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Member of the International Space Station (ISS) crew Britain's Tim Peake waves after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, Saturday, June 18, 2016. A three-person crew from the International Space Station has landed safely in the sun-drenched steppes of Kazakhstan. (Shamil Zhumatov/Pool Photo via AP)

    Member of the International Space Station (ISS) crew Britain's Tim Peake waves after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, Saturday, June 18, 2016. A three-person crew from the International Space Station has landed safely in the sun-drenched steppes of Kazakhstan. (Shamil Zhumatov/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Member of the International Space Station (ISS) crew Tim Kopra of US speaks on a satellite phone shortly after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, Saturday, June 18, 2016. A three-person crew from the International Space Station has landed safely in the sun-drenched steppes of Kazakhstan. (Shamil Zhumatov/Pool Photo via AP)

    Member of the International Space Station (ISS) crew Tim Kopra of US speaks on a satellite phone shortly after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, Saturday, June 18, 2016. A three-person crew from the International Space Station has landed safely in the sun-drenched steppes of Kazakhstan. (Shamil Zhumatov/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Soyus space capsule has undocked from the International Space Station to carry an American, a Briton and a Russian back to Earth.

The TMA-19M capsule undocked from the station as scheduled at 0552 GMT Saturday with NASA's Tim Kopra, Tim Peake of the European Space Agency and the Russian agency Roscosmos' Yuri Malenchenko on board.

They are set to land at 0915 GMT southeast of the city Zhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

The trio spent 186 days in space since their launch in December 2015. They have conducted hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science.

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams along with Russians Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos will operate the station for three weeks until the arrival of three new crew members.